nooretevahetus youth exchange nyh italy hikeName of the project: “Hike the Entrepreneurial Dream’’ Youth Exchange

Date: 13th September – 24th September 2022

City/Country: Bologna, Italy.


What was the main topic of the event?

Aleksandra Galkina Entrepreneurship

Boris Kofman Entrepreneurship

Daria Kondratenkova Hiking

Ivan Tsernetsov 130km hike and creating business ideas

Säde Liis Nelke Hiking as a means of sustainable and slow tourism, and entrepreneurship.


nooretevahetus youth exchange nyh italy hikeWhat were the biggest learning moments of the event for you?

Aleksandra Galkina That no matter how bad and difficult are conditions for staying during the project and if organisers are messing it up, the people are the ones who make the whole experience and together in the team you can overcome everything. Also that Russian speaking and Estonian speaking people inside of our lovely Estonia have more things in common than we used to think.

Boris Kofman For me the biggest learning moment was the time we had to work in teams and taking into account everyone’s thoughts and develop the ideas together

Daria Kondratenkova I can hike 130 km

Ivan Tsernetsov Facing people from different countries and cultures.

Säde Liis Nelke When hiking, it wasn’t always the one walking at the front who was motivating the group, it was more often the slowest one or the injured one who refused to give up despite how hard it was, that gave others a lot of energy to keep going too.


nooretevahetus youth exchange nyh italy hikeDo you have any plans to continue being active in the field? If yes, in which way?

Aleksandra Galkina Yes, sure. Still planning to run my NGO and develop more projects.

Boris Kofman I am not sure, for now my main goal is to finish my studies at the university, however I think that the knowledge I received could help me in the future

Daria Kondratenkova I want to make a project about hiking

Ivan Tsernetsov I would love to participate in international projects more and I will as much as I can during the studies and when I finish them I will participate much more.

Säde Liis Nelke This was only my first project, but I hope to take part in more similar projects, and maybe even help organise some in the future.


nooretevahetus youth exchange nyh italy hikeWould you recommend this experience to your friends? If yes, why? If no, why not?

Aleksandra Galkina If we talk about Erasmus+ in general, then of course yes! Because it helps so much to open your mind to new experiences and to start learning in completely other way. Friendship and deeper connections are staying for the whole life.

Boris Kofman Talking about the Erasmus+ Projects in general, I would definitely recommend the experience and participation as it develops you socializing skills and teaches a lot of useful expertise.

Daria Kondratenkova Yes, Via degli Dei is nice, beautiful, cool people. No, organisation saved money on participants (bad quality accomodations, not enough food or super bad quality 🙁

Ivan Tsernetsov – I would recommend it for sure, because this experience is unforgettable, I met so many interesting people there with their own life

Säde Liis Nelke Yes, it taught me a lot about teamwork, helping and motivating each other in a group. It made me value humour and company, and support from other people more than I ever have before.


Other comments or anything else you would like to share? You can answer in your mother tongue, if you want!

Aleksandra Galkina Estonian team in this project was just wonderful and each of team members contributed as they could to represent our country and sending organisation in the best way ❤️

Daria Kondratenkova It will be nice to have more hiking projects!!!

Ivan Tsernetsov I am so thankful to people who organize these projects, who engender those ideas and give us these opportunities.

This Project was financed by European Commission’s Erasmus + Programme